Help me, help women and babies in Africa

Raised: $900.00
Goal: $4,000.00

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Heather Forbes

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Midwives play crucial role in reducing deaths during childbirth Every year 358,000 women and 3.6 million newborn babies die due to largely preventable complications during pregnancy,... more


Updated posted by Heather Forbes 18 months ago

I'm trying to figure out how to get all of these lovely donations under the weight limit for checked bags. I'll be packing more donations with me than personal belongings, and that feels great! I can't believe I'll be leaving so soon!!



Updated posted by Heather Forbes 19 months ago

Wow, the time is flying by! I can't believe I'll be leaving the country so soon. It will be my first international trip. I'm both excited and nervous.

Donations have been coming in nicely and I almost have everything ready to go. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to my journey! It really is such a blessing! I'll keep you all posted.



Updated posted by Heather Forbes 21 months ago

I'm super excited. One of my friends just sent me a nice size box of newborn onesies. I can start putting together my mama/baby packages now.

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Created by Heather Forbes on May 17, 2012

Midwives play crucial role in reducing deaths during childbirth

Every year 358,000 women and 3.6 million newborn babies die due to largely preventable complications during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. In addition, every year, nearly 3 million babies are stillborn. Most of these deaths occur in low-income countries and happen because women – often poor and marginalized – have no access to functioning health facilities or to qualified health professionals, notably midwives and others with midwifery skills.  –World Health Organization

It has been a long time dream of mine to travel abroad, and offer assistance to communities in need.  I'm going to Mboro, Senegal in November 2012, with The African Birth Collective.  I will be there for four weeks, assisting women prenatally, during labor, and during the postpartum period.  My intention is to be of service to these women, and learn from them and their culture.  As well as, offer some of the knowledge I have gained throughout my midwifery studies.    

I first discovered my passion for midwifery in 2004.  My studies officially began in the spring of 2007, at Birthingway College of Midwifery.  I'm in the final phases of completing my Bachelors of Science in Midwifery.  I'm feeling ready for the next step, fulfilling my international midwifery dreams!
What will your donations go towards?
The donations received will go towards the cost of my tuition ($3,500). Tuition covers my plane ticket, room/board, and some supplies.  I will also be gathering additional supplies, as there is always a great need for them.  Supplies needed: gloves, baby hats, newborn clothes, blankets, socks, basic instruments, suture material, medications and herbal remedies.        

Thank you in advance for considering donating to the safe care of mothers and babies in Africa!  I believe every mother/family deserves the option of quality, loving, respectful care.

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Recent Donations (20)

$900 raised by 20 people in 23 months.


Toni Turnbull Green

17 months ago



Jerod Edington

18 months ago



Mishal Garofano

19 months ago



Jared Hines

19 months ago



Virginia G.

19 months ago


Best wishes on your journey! You're amazing!



Amanda Haworth

20 months ago



Carol Sipes

20 months ago


Way to Go Heather! Keep us posted on how it goes!



Stanton Reynolds

20 months ago


You Go on and live the dream...



Roy Barnes

21 months ago





kim guelig

21 months ago


What an amazing experience this will be for you. Please remind me again once I start working and will donate again. You are changing birth and the outcome of these women. Thank you!


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